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A former Cincinnati resident preemptively sued NASA in federal court docket this month to maintain an alleged vial of moon dust given to her by Neil Armstrong.

The lawsuit filed June 6 is asking the U.S. District Court in Kansas to determine who owns the dust. NASA says non-public citizen cannot personal lunar materials, however Laura Murray Cicco disagrees.

The Manchester, Tennessee resident has a small vial, in regards to the dimension of a lipstick, crammed with grey dust together with a observe that claims “To Laura Ann Murray – Best of luck – Neal Armstrong Apollo 11.”

Cicco stated she received the vial when she was 10, and the observe was written on the again of one of her father’s enterprise playing cards.

Court paperwork state her household lived in Cincinnati through the time the primary man on the moon was educating on the University of Cincinnati. Cicco stated her father, Tom Murray, was pals with Armstrong.

Cicco has had Armstrong signature verified and had the alleged moon dust examined. Tom Tague with the Bruker Corporation analyzed the pattern and reported it “may have originated from lunar regolith,” in line with the lawsuit.

In 2011, NASA performed a sting towards Joann Davis in California. She had a paperweight with lunar materials inside she had obtained as a present from her husband, and was attempting to promote it. The paperweight was seized, and in court docket, NASA declared “private persons cannot own lunar material.”

It’s this assumption Cicco is difficult with the lawsuit.

“There is no law against private persons owning lunar material. Lunar material is not contraband,” the lawsuit states. “She is the rightful and legal owner.”

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